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GUILLERMO GÓMEZ-PEÑA & BALITRONICA GÓMEZ (LA POCHA NOSTRA)

© Zen Cohen 2014
© Zen Cohen 2014

Exercises for Rebel Artists

This Field Project is booked! we are sorry, that we can not accept any more applications!

Guillermo Gómez-Peña will perform on 11July at 21:00 at the Atelierhaus of the Academy of Fine Arts in the frame of the exhibition Field Within.

Since 1993, Gómez-Peña and members of the Pocha Nostra performance troupe have conducted cross-cultural/cross-disciplinary/cross-generational workshops involving performance artists, actors, dancers and students from diverse ethnic communities, generations and artistic backgrounds.

The objectives of this educational project are:

● To feed / stretch emerging artists and inquisitive students, helping them to sharpen and develop their performance and analytical skills in dialogue with like-minded cultural radicals.

● To create temporary communities of rebel artists from different disciplines, ages, ethnic backgrounds, gender persuasions, and nationalities, in which difference and experimentation are not only accepted but encouraged

● To develop new models for relationships between artists and communities, mentor and apprentice, which are neither colonial nor condescending.

● To find new modes of relating laterally to the ‘other' in a less-mediated way, bypassing the myriad borders imposed by our professional institutions, our religious and political beliefs, and pop-cultural affiliations. To experience this, even if only for the duration of the workshop, can have a profound impact in the participant’s future practice.

● To discover new ways of relating to our own bodies.  By decolonizing and then re-politicizing our bodies, they can become sites for activism and embodied theory; for memory and reinvention; for pleasure and penance.

● To raise crucial questions: Why do we do what we do? Which borders do we wish to cross and why? Which are the hardest borders to cross both in the workshop and in our personal lives? How do we define our multiple communities, and why do we belong to them? What is the relationship between performance, activism, pedagogy and our everyday lives? What about the relationship between the physical body and the social body?

● To seek a new hybrid and interdisciplinary aesthetic, reflective of the spirit and tribulations of our times, and of the concerns of each participant.

● To empower participants as individuals to become civic-minded artists.

● To make performance art pertinent to a new generation of potential activist-artists. They may eventually have to save us from the very monsters and pitfalls that we, their arrogant forefathers, have either created or allowed to happen.

A project in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

ARTISTBIO: Guilllermo Gómez-Peña

Guillermo Gómez-Peña (US/Mexico) is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the legendary performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978. His performance work and 12 books have contributed to the debates on cultural and gender diversity, border culture and US/Mexico relations. His artwork has been presented at over a thousand venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow, Bessie and American Book Award winner, he is a regular contributor for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe, a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU/MIT) and the Live Art Almanac (Live Art Development Agency-UK). Gómez-Peña is also a Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and a Patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency. He was named Samuel Hoi Fellow by USA Artists in 2012 and received a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation in 2013. He is currently preparing two new books for Routledge (2019) and a documentary portrait of his beloved troupe, La Pocha Nostra.

ARTISTBIO: Balitronica Gómez

Balitronica Gomez (USA/Mexico) is a poet, performance artist, and radical pedagogue currently living between San Francisco, Mexico City, and The Road. Born on the US/Mexico border of San Diego/Tijuana in the 1980s, she holds a BA in Literature from San Diego State University and an MFA in Performance Poetry from Mills College. Her performance work has been largely influenced by her time spent living in a 17th Century Catholic Convent in Paris where she lived with a Dominican Order of Nuns. She has been touring internationally with Guillermo Gómez-Peña since 2013 and is a Core Member of his legendary performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
 
 

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